Food and Beverage Services
This is the largest industry group, employing 949,405 people in 2016 (the most recent census year). As a major employer of youth, the food and beverage industry serves as a training ground for people who are beginning their careers.
Food and beverage outlets can include restaurants from fast service to fine dining, as well as pubs, bars, nightclubs, and lounges. Food and beverage chains have also found a niche in bookstores, department stores, and casinos. As the sophistication of operations grows, many restaurants have diversified, coming out with their own retail product lines, while many specialty cafés now market their products to airlines and offices.
Chefs, restaurant managers, food and beverage servers, baristas, and bartenders are just some of the positions that are available in this area. But larger restaurants and chains also offer less obvious roles, such as marketing manager, HR director, sommelier, or events planner. There’s lots of room to grow a well paid, exciting career!